Local residents have opposed plans submitted by Henry Danter to Monmouthshire County Council proposing a new AGC in the town’s Agincourt Square.
The response comes after Danter, who also owns and operates Barry Island Pleasure Park, received planning approval to convert the former DS Music store earlier this month.
“Since the plans were lodged, more than 170 residents have submitted comments to Monmouthshire County Council with the vast majority objecting,” reported the South Wales Argus.
“Concerns have been raised over the proposed location of the centre and that it would encourage gambling.”
Danter had previously responded to the objections by noting the venue would be “well run,” adding that ID checks would ensure nobody below the age of 21 is granted entry, and stating the AGC would be “a terrific asset” to the town centre.
However concerns over the proposed location of the AGC in the centre of the historic town formed the basis for the majority of local resistance.
“One resident said they objected to the location of the planned centre, but not to having services for gaming,” added the Argus. “‘Gaming outlets have their place but not in the middle of a historic town,’ they said.”
Another resident added the AGC would be “something fun for Monmouth, which it desperately needs for young adults.”